For as long as she can remember, Debbie has been creating stories in her head. She hated to go anywhere without a pen and paper, just in case. As a graduate of the Institute of Children's literature, while pursuing yet another writing course, she finds herself doing what she loves . . . learning and writing. The course gives her an excuse to just sit down and write. Over the years she has worked as a nurse, a teacher, a martial arts instructor and a CIC officer in the Canadian Forces. Her hobbies have varied from woodworking, to auto-mechanics, with music, painting, karate, holistic medicine, gardening and camping thrown into the mix. Let's not forget reading. Debbie's perfect cure for a long winter's night is curling up in front of a fire with a good book while snowflakes drift slowly past the window. Never having been much of a city girl, she lives with two of her four children, her husband Jean-Pierre and their pets in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. She couldn't imagine life without the beauty found in the trees, mountains and lakes that surround her.
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Waking up in the hospital from the car accident that claimed his mother’s life, 15-year-old Tommy is told his father is on his way. Unaware of his father’s true identity or the reason he left so long ago, the teen is unprepared for the reality of the life he must now lead. In the
blink of an eye Tommy finds himself on an alien vessel…his father is not from Earth! The challenges Tommy face go beyond adapting to a new home and school. But first, he has to survive Jayden…the reluctant, unsympathetic tutor, tasked to help him fit in. When he finally thinks things are getting better, things come crashing down as he learns that being born with amethyst eyes has made him the target of some very unfriendly beings.
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“Hold on!” Tommy’s mother yelled as she tried to steer their old Cherokee from the truck’s path. Tommy never saw it coming. It was just there, on the wrong side of the road and out of control.
“Mom?” Closing his eyes tight, he grabbed hold of the arm she placed across his chest to shield him from the crash, and as suddenly as the truck had appeared, his world went black.
The smell of the smoke was the first thing he noticed. Opening his eyes, he saw that they were still in the jeep. What was left of it. His entire body screamed with pain as he tried to move. “Mom,” he called. She was pinned to her seat by the steering wheel. A trickle of blood ran from the corner of her mouth.
“T-om-my,” she managed.
Tears filled his eyes. Don’t die, he thought to himself. Removing his seatbelt, he attempted to slide closer to her. A sharp stab of pain surprised him, releasing a wave of dizziness. Sweat beaded on his forehead. “Mom…
Stirring ever so slightly, she tried to speak. Her voice was barely a whisper. “Join…the…p-pen-dant.” The effort seemed to cost her greatly. She coughed and let out a small cry as she slipped into unconsciousness.
Tommy’s mind raced. The pendant, the pendant. He knew what she meant, he just never believed it. He thought she was joking when she said it was their 911 line to his father. Forcing himself to focus, he pulled on her chain until he located the clasp. Sliding it open and removing the chain, he secured it around his neck. Then he proceeded to join the two stone halves. Would his father come? Where was he? What had Mom meant when she told me ‘you will know your father’s world soon enough’?
A burst of coloured light filled the car. Tommy dropped the pendant as if it had suddenly become too hot to handle. Before the pendant hit his chest, the molecules shifted, rendering it invisible. He knew now that his father would come. Another wave of dizziness hit as he gazed one last time at his mother. “I love you, Mom,” he whispered as darkness claimed him.
Tommy’s stomach knotted as he recognized the antiseptic smell that could only belong to a hospital. Opening his eyes, the memory of the accident came slowly back. He began to cry. The heart monitor raced in response to the sudden onrush of emotion, and he couldn’t control the sobs that took hold of his body. He didn’t try to either.
A nurse stepped in to check on him. After a quick evaluation, she wrapped her arms around him tight, and without saying a word, let him grieve over his loss.
When the tears were all but spent, Jenna (according to her name tag) brushed the hair from his forehead. He felt so empty and alone, even in the comfort of her arms. His breaths caught sharply when she gently repositioned the brace around his shattered leg, but he said nothing.
“I’m so sorry for your loss,” she said in a soft voice. She helped him settle back in the bed, stood and checked on his various tubes and wires. “Your father has contacted us and will arrive in a few days.” Pulling a pad from her pocket, she checked her notes. “You aren’t due for more pain medication for another hour.” She shoved the paper back in her pocket. “But if the pain is too intense, I
“I don’t want it.” He cut her off.
She smiled in a gentle manner. “Well, we’ll wait and see, ok?”
On the day of his father’s arrival, Tommy stood in the bathroom with the help of his crutches and examined his features closely. He wondered how much he looked like his father. Did he have the same amethyst eyes, or the strange gold highlights in his hair? The glow of the overhead bulb seemed to accentuate the unearthliness of his most prominent features.
Jenna poked her head into the room. “Are you ready?”
He avoided her gaze. “I still have a few things to pack.”
“To meet your father, I mean.” Without missing a beat, she walked over to him, placed his hair quickly and proceeded to escort him to the door.
“I can’t.” He stopped before stepping out into the hall. “He left almost thirteen years ago. I don’t even remember what he looks like. I was only two...” his voice trailed off.
Jenna placed a comforting hand on his arm.“He’s as nervous as you are, and I don’t think you’ll have any trouble recognizing him. Let’s go, gorgeous.” She winked at him in an attempt to lighten the mood, but her support and reassurance were genuine.
Jenna led Tommy to a private lounge where a tall, uniformed man stood by the window, looking out over the city. Tommy didn’t recognize the blue-and-black uniform but thought nothing of it. The commander turned at the sound of the door opening, and two sets of amethyst eyes met for the first time in years. A silent exchange of acknowledgement passed between the two.
Jenna stood, hands on hips. “Now don’t tell me you’re one of those cold military types who can’t risk an emotional display by hugging a son you haven’t seen in years.”
Jenna’s outburst caused the commander to blush ever so slightly. He made his way over to his son. Tommy let his crutches fall to the floor as he held tight to his father.
“Leave us,” the commander ordered with no room for discussion. He lifted Tommy’s chin and examined him closely. “I am saddened at the loss of your mother. This was not how we had planned it.”
“What do you mean?” Tommy’s could barely get the words out.
“Come, sit.” A strong arm held Tommy by the waist, and guided him to the couch. Taking a deep breath the commander continued, “As you know, your mother and I are of different origins. She chose not to follow me but to remain here and raise you until the age of eighteen. At this point, I was to return and give you the choice of worlds.”
“The choice of worlds?” Tommy repeated.“I’d never even thought about a military career.” Why would his father talk about this now? “How far were you stationed that you couldn’t even write?” Painful questions Tommy usually avoided were beginning to stir inside.
A look of surprise crossed the commander’s face. Releasing the breath he had been holding he said, “I see your mother has not prepared you for this at all.” He passed a hand over his mouth and then tapped his watch twice.
“Yes, Commander?” A man’s voice filled the room.
“Molecular transport, on my mark.” Standing, he helped Tommy to his feet and collected the crutches. “I will show you my world, and I will explain.”
Confused, Tommy nervously accepted his father’s support.
Holding his son tight, the commander gave the order.
Tommy blinked as everything around him faded. He was no longer in the hospital lounge but on a raised platform at the back of a square, unadorned room. A shimmering glass wall separated them from the two men who sat at some kind of computer console. He froze in place. This was not possible. “Father…” Tommy whispered.
“All clear, Commander,” one of the two men said.
His father nodded to the officer. “Follow me,” he said to Tommy.
Tommy couldn’t move, couldn’t speak. He was trying to process what had just happened, but his mind wasn’t able to accept it. His heart rate shot up and his legs felt weak.
“Do you require assistance?” his father asked.
Forcing himself to focus, Tommy shook his head ‘no’ and hobbled forward.
“We will take it slow, one step at a time.” His father helped him down from the platform, and they stepped out of the room into a brightly lit, ice-blue corridor. “Are you able to walk, or would you prefer we-”
Tommy cut him off. “I can walk.” He took a few unsteady steps forward. “A bit.”
“Do you know where we are?” his father asked as they moved slowly down the corridor. The answer came as they made their way to the large, oval port hole at the end of the corridor. It showed
Earth in all her glory, directly below them.
A few of the Goodreads Reviews
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Kimberlly rated it 5 STARS
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
The characters are deep and the action sequences are exciting. While the technology is interesting, it doesn’t overshadow the fact that this is a story about people living and growing while facing adversity. The book’s main character, Tommy, is thrust into a new and scientifically intimidating world because of tragic circumstances. I was drawn into Tommy’s exploration of his new surroundings and his growth and couldn’t wait to see what would happen to him next. The history and importance of his unusually colored eyes are carefully revealed by the author a little at a time, keeping the reader intrigued and eager to know the entire truth. This is a great book, for young and old. You’ll find it hard to put down. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Author, rated it 5 STARS
This is not a book that I “should” like considering who I am… But I liked it anyway. Somewhere along the line, I have almost lost my ability to read fiction. I am generally not interested in young
people or stories about young people. And I am no science fiction buff.
Without giving any of the surprises away, I really enjoyed this read and the story of this young man and the process he has to go through in losing his mom and adapting to a new life with a Dad he’s never had before.
The writing style is comfortable, easy and direct. The emotions of the characters are easy to track
with and the story and the details are imaginative. The characters are well drawn and appealing, especially the main character in his struggles adapting and going through changes in living in literally a whole new world. Most of all, I just enjoyed spending time in this book which gave me a warm and comfortable feeling as it carried me along. I had a sense of experiencing the
author’s personality coming through. In fact, it is very obvious that this is a very personal story and work and a labor of love poured full of caring energy.
Ursula Walter rated it 5 STARS
From the first moment when you are dropped right into the action, through the different developments in the story, from the emotional journey to the physical one, the book grabs hold of you and won't be put down. You get to know and like an interesting and eclectic group of people
who keep you entertained and curious about them throughout the whole story. The action never stops and takes you into some unexpected directions, that, in the end, all make sense and turn this into a complete saga of one young man and his very different coming of age story. Although written for a young adult audience, I think this well written book speaks to any age, man or woman,
and can be enjoyed by all. An excellent and promising debut for this new author.
Can't wait for the next one!
Krisztina B. rated it 5 STARS
Quelle histoire incroyable! L'auteure a su capter mon attention dès les premières pages!! Impossible de fermer le livre...il a été littéralement dévoré. Une histoire remplit de péripéties et d'émotions qui nous plongent dans un tout autre monde. Je rêve encore de cet univers surprenant! Je recommande Amethyst Eyes pour les lecteurs de tous âges. Vous allez adorer!
Jacques Ouellette rated it 5 STARS
I just discovered a refreshing new author!
Reading Amethyst Eyes was a wonderfull experience, the plot brings us into a new reality. A story weaved with intrigue and emotion..
I'm hoping to read someting new from this author soon!
Blair rated it 5 STARS
Amethyst Eyes is an excellent read that I will recommend to all of my friends! The beginning draws
you right into this amazing adventure that is filled with discovery and intrigue. The author has created a very complete, very original world combined with real emotion and real-life situations. At the end of every page, you find yourself wanting to read more. I really hope that there will be a sequel!
Andy rated it 5 STARS
I found myself quickly identified to the main character, Tommy, who's life gets turned up side
down in the first few lines of this novel. For most people the teenage years are ups and downs and a time where many changes take place but for Tommy it's the discovery of new people, places and ways of life. I found myself always wanting to turn the next page to discover, with Tommy, the new world he had been thrown into. There's a good mix of adventure, mystery and humor. Great read!
Milaine Chaumont rated it 5 STARS
I thought this book was amazing. The Author did a beautiful job at connecting real life emotions and drama to an imaginary world. A world with a different culture, where children are just children and are supposed to be silent and innocent.This will all change after the arrival of Tommy, who shows courage and determination and proves to his father how culture on earth allows children to become contributing members of society. I would invite you to read this book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
K.F. Ridley, Author rated it 5 STARS
A Great read that keeps u on the edge of your seat. A definate page turner. 5 well-deserved stars.
(and on Amazon) A great for YA that can cross over to middle grade. Young readers will identify with Tommy, who faces life struggles and discovers himself in a whirlwind of adventure. and you'll go along for the ride. A definate page turner that keeps you wanting more. A great debut for this new and upcoming author